The Start Of Disease It has been said that, You Are What You Eat, and it would seem that truer words were never spoken. The state of your health is directly proportional to the quality of the food you eat and the quality of the liquids you drink, and in this chapter we will take a look at why this is so. We will start with the digestive tract and see what happens to the food you eat as it is carried along. In a previous chapter we followed the process of digestion as far as the small intestine, and we saw how the usable nutrients were absorbed through the wall of the small intestine, and how they were made available to the cells of your body. In this chapter we will focus on what happens to the food that is not absorbed. The Colon The food that is not utilized by our body passes through the small intestine, and is moved along to the large intestine, also known as the colon. To help us understand what happens in the colon we will take a look at what the colon is and how it works. If you look at figure 1 you will see a drawing of a normal colon. In an average person the colon is about five feet long and two and a half inches in diameter. It extends from the ileum (exit of the small intestine), to the anus, and is sectioned into four individual regions. These regions are the cecum, the colon, the rectum, and the anal canal. The movement of undigested food material is from the small intestine, through the ileum, and into the cecum. At this point, if there are too many toxins in this material, the toxins will be stored in the appendix until such time as the colon is able to eliminate them from your body. This material moves from the cecum upwards through the ascending colon, then from the right side of your body to the left side through the transverse colon, and then down through the descending colon, through the sigmoid colon, and on to the rectum where it is stored until it is eliminated. Two important things happen to this waste material as it passes from the cecum to the rectum. First of all, the last stage of digestion occurs in the colon, and any remaining usable nutrients are extracted from the waste material, and sent to different regions of your body. Also, if your body is in need of more water, it will also extract this from the waste material that is in the colon before it is eliminated.
It normally takes up to three hours for the remaining nutrients to be removed, and the available water to be extracted. After this period of time the waste material will have become semi-solid, and will then become known as feces. There are two major problems that can occur as a result of either excess or insufficient water in the colon, and they are diarrhea and constipation. Diarrhea results from decreased water absorption in the intestines, or by waste material passing through the colon too quickly for the water to be absorbed, and either of these will make the chyme very liquid. This can sometimes be caused by stress and can result in dehydration. The other major problem is constipation, and this occurs when there is either insufficient water content in the waste material, or there is considerable water absorption from the material that is in the colon. Constipation can also result from feces remaining in the colon for an extended period of time because of improper bowel habits, consuming the wrong kinds of foods, insufficient fiber in the diet, insufficient fluid intake, or lack of exercise. Proper Nourishment Before we continue with our discussion of the colon I would like to mention that your body can only perform to the level of the nourishment that it receives. This is to say that if you do not provide your body with nourishing food, you cannot expect it to be healthy and disease free, and to be able to perform to its maximum potential.
An analogy of this would be putting something other than gasoline into the gas tank of your car. How well do you think your car would run if you mixed water, or maybe diesel fuel in with the gasoline? If it ran at all, Im sure you could expect all kinds of problems to occur. We know that in order for your car to perform to the level of its ability you have to provide it with proper fuel. Why would it be any different with your body? If you load up with toxins and chemicals, instead of with nourishing food, how can you expect your body to be healthy? Most of the time your body is not receiving the fuel that it needs to allow it to perform the functions it was intended to perform. In a previous chapter we had a look at the chemicals and waste products that are in your commercially grown food, and it does not surprise me at all that most of us are ill. Colon Diseases If you do not provide your body with nutritional food, you can expect three very common conditions to occur. You can develop a stricture in your colon, you can develop a ballooned colon, or you can develop diverticuli pockets in the wall of your colon. These three conditions are shown in figure 2. It is known that different diets cause one or more of these three disease conditions to occur in the colon, but it is not known which type of diet causes which disease. Whatever the specific cause, disease because of improper diet will weaken your colon wall, and one or more of the conditions mentioned above can occur. The first of these conditions is a stricture, and when a stricture occurs, the colon is almost entirely prevented from passing the waste material along for elimination. As you can see in figure 2, the colon diameter is reduced to just a fraction of its normal size. This will cause the waste material in the colon to back up, and that will put tremendous pressure on the colon wall at the point before the stricture. The second of these conditions is a ballooned colon. The colon wall is very elastic and has been known to expand to many times its normal diameter. When ballooning occurs in front of a stricture, only a small portion of the material from this ballooned colon will be passed along for elimination. The majority of it will remain in the colon where it will decay and become toxic because of all the bacteria that develops in it. The third of these conditions is diverticulosis. If the body signals that waste removal is necessary and you do not allow this waste removal to occur, this material will back up into your colon. Your colon wall will stretch, and if the pressure is too severe, a small pocket may develop in the side of your colon (a rupture), and this will form into what is known as a diverticuli pocket.
In a very short period of time this diverticuli pocket will become filled with waste material; and because the waste material inside this pocket is no longer in the main elimination flow, this waste material will not be removed through normal elimination processes. It will decay and become toxic. (You can have numerous diverticuli pockets in your colon and not be aware of it until your colon shows signs of disease.) The ballooning condition of the colon and the diverticulosis will become particularly severe in a situation where constipation is present. The solid or semi-solid nature of the waste material in this situation will almost guarantee that this waste product will remain in these pockets, and will become diseased. Most people have no idea that these conditions are occurring in their colon, because they do not notice anything other than perhaps a slight discomfort from time to time. These conditions develop very slowly and it could be years before you have any indication that anything is wrong. The Autonomic Nervous System There is one item indicated in figures 1 and 2 that we have not yet discussed and that is the Autonomic Nerve Wreath (ANW). As shown, the ANW is attached to and runs along the entire length and along both sides of the colon, starting at the cecum and ending at the anal canal. Lets look at what this is so we can understand its function.
The Autonomic Nerve Wreath is part of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), which in turn is part of your Central Nervous System (CNS). These two nervous systems are both controlled by the brain, but they each perform different functions. The central nervous system controls the senses (vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touch) and all skeletal muscle functions, which is to say it controls all physical movement of your body. The Autonomic Nervous System controls smooth muscle fiber, cardiac muscle fiber, and the function of the organs and glands. In other words, all involuntary actions in your body. Let me expand on that a little. You do not consciously have to tell your heart to beat or your liver to function. You do not have to tell your individual organs and glands to function, your ANS does that for you. This is because the electrical stimulation that they require to function properly is provided by the ANS. The portion of the ANS that we are concerned with is the motor division, also called the output portion of the ANS. It is called the output portion because the ANS generates autonomic nerve fibers (signals) that are sent to the various portions of your body that are controlled by the ANS. In general, these nerve fibers stimulate various organs to start or increase activity (excitation), or they can stimulate the organs to decrease activity (inhibition). Most body structures receive both excitation and inhibition signals from the ANS, and how the structures and organs respond depends on the motor instruction received. If you look at figure 3 you will see a drawing of the colon with a number of other body parts also indicated in the drawing. The body parts indicated are connected via nerve fibers to the colon at the locations indicated. For example, the dot indicated as being the pancreas is connected via nerve fibers, through the ANS, to the pancreas; the dot indicated as being the heart is connected via nerve fibers, through the ANS, to the heart. What this indicates is that there is a direct correlation between your colon and all the other parts of your body that are controlled by the ANS. The colon receives nerve impulses FROM these other locations, and it also sends nerve impulses TO these other locations, via the ANS. If you take another look at figure 2 you can see the disease conditions that we discussed earlier. The portions of the colon that are ballooned, or have diverticuli pockets formed on it, will have decaying waste material inside it and will very likely be toxic and full of bacteria.
This toxic material will have a direct impact on the health of the colon wall. The autonomic nerve wreath is attached to the colon wall and is part of the ANS. Therefore; anything that affects one will affect the other. This means that the health of the colon will have a direct impact on the type of stimulation that the ANW sends out. Now, if the wall of the colon has become diseased because of the toxic material inside it, it cannot send out a STIMULATING nerve impulse, but can only send out an INHIBITING nerve impulse instead. To take this a little further, if the infected portion of your colon is in the location that has nerve impulses going to your heart, then your heart can only receive INHIBITING electrical nerve impulses instead of STIMULATING nerve impulses from the ANW. Any portion of your colon that has a disease condition affecting it will send an INHIBITING nerve impulse to the body part corresponding to it. Two Essential Items It is extremely important to understand that all the cells in your body require two things in order for them to remain healthy. One is nutrition (fuel), and the other is electrical stimulation. Your digestive system provides the nutrition that is required, and your ANS provides the electrical
stimulation. Without both of these, any organ, gland, or tissue within your body will become diseased, and will no longer function to its designed ability. If the electrical nerve impulses received from the ANS are decreased by a small degree, the corresponding tissue will decrease its function by the same small degree. If your pancreas is receiving sufficient nutrition, but is receiving INHIBITING electrical impulses from the ANS, your pancreas will decrease in efficiency. We used a simple analogy before and compared the operation of your body to the operation of an automobile. You can have all kinds of fuel going to your engine, but if your electrical system is fouled up, your engine wont run very well at all. The action of the ANW and its direct link to the ANS is what makes your colon such a vital part of your body. The health of your colon has a direct affect on the health of any part of your body that the ANS is attached to, which is most of it. This brings us to one very important point. A medical condition you may have in your kidneys for example, may not be a problem with your kidneys at all. It could very well be, and probably is, a diseased condition in the corresponding region of your colon. There have been many documented cases where the underlying cause of a problem has ultimately been traced back to the corresponding region of the colon, and when we examine the relationship between the diseased organ and the colon, we can understand why this would be so. These cases may not have been documented by your local family doctor, but they have been documented by persons practicing other forms of medicine. Missed Diagnosis You may be wondering why your family doctor might not be able to pick up on this relationship between disease and the colon, and the answer is really very simple. In most cases, your doctor is only knowledgeable on the things that he has been taught in medical school, and at this point, dietary health is not high on the instructors agenda. He is much more concerned with teaching those things that are included in the curriculum, like drugs for example. Also, most doctors are taught to diagnose disease by looking at the symptoms of any problem that you may have, so if the symptoms tell your doctor that you have a malfunction in your kidneys, the colon would likely be the last place your doctor would look. Your Weakest Link You may have asked yourself why disease strikes one portion of your body and not another, and there are two parts to the answer. First of all, if a toxic element is allowed to invade your body it will affect the weakest organ or tissue first.
Second, if a toxic condition in your colon is allowing an INHIBITING nerve impulse instead of a STIMULATING nerve impulse to be transmitted, then that organ or tissue that that particular portion of the colon corresponds to will become weak, and will be the first body part to be affected by invading toxic particles. As you can see from the above, the colon is responsible for a large number of your bodys illnesses. This includes all types of illnesses ranging from diabetes, to asthma, to heart disease, to vision problems, and it is especially...